Visit Milan Duomo: tickets, prices, opening hours

Dôme de Milan

Going to Italy? Then come and visit the Duomo of Milan, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world!

Milan, the beautiful city of Northern Italy, is well known as the capital of Italian fashion. But that’s not all! Also considered Italy’s richest city, it welcomes almost 2 million tourists every year.

Visiting Milan? In the heart of this superb Lombard city, come and visit the Duomo of Milan, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world!

Milan Duomo: a brief history

The Duomo of Milan, known as Il Duomo di Milano, is the second-largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It dominates the city with its majestic height of 108 meters. Once known as the « Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin of Milan », it took around six centuries to complete.

It stands in the Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s main square. Construction began in 1386, to succeed the ancient cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, which was built in the 5th century. It is built almost entirely of Candoglia marble, a very rich and noble material, especially for its time.

In the past, Milan’s Duomo was already one of the city’s strategic landmarks. Its style is said to be « unitary ». Although its architecture is predominantly Gothic, many engineers and architects worked on this colossal project over six centuries. It is the fruit of all the work of past centuries, and in the final analysis does not respond to any particular movement.

Let’s stick to architecture with a few figures: 11,700 square metres is the internal surface area, and the interior columns number 52 (the number of weeks in a year), each with a diameter of 3.40 metres. It has 3,400 statues, 2,300 of which are outside.

In addition to being the second-largest cathedral in the world, the Duomo of Milan is also the third-largest Christian place of worship. It ranks just behind St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and Seville Cathedral. No wonder, then, that it is the most visited monument in the Lombard city.

What to see and do in Milan Duomo

Dôme de Milan

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To see the Duomo of Milan from the outside is already something sumptuous. Its grandeur and presence cannot fail to impress. Take your time to admire it. The vast piazza Duomo will welcome you with open arms and give you the opportunity to contemplate its master.

Note all its spires: there are 136 in all, and they’re the main reason for its nickname: « the marble hedgehog ». Visit the Duomo of Milan. The interior of this magnificent cathedral will not disappoint. Its gigantic columns of incredible diameter will amaze you. Admire its intricate, detailed structure. Be curious, look everywhere! There’s so much to see. Like its five naves, for example. Incredible, isn’t it?

The baptistery is also a must-see. In the Duomo of Milan, you can visit both the treasure room and the crypt. If there’s one thing you can’t miss, it’s a visit to the terraces. Yes, you can visit the Duomo all the way up to the terraces and get some height. Admire the spires up close. The sculptural work is simply magnificent. And don’t forget to take in the breathtaking view of the city!

How to get to Milan Duomo

As Milan’s Duomo is the focal point of the entire city, there are several ways to get there:

  • By car: As Milan’s Duomo is located in a huge pedestrian zone, you won’t be able to reach it directly by car. However, there are numerous parking lots close to the area, such as the Autosilo Diaz parking lot, which is the closest to the cathedral. You’ll also find the Velasca and Duomo Car Central parking lots, easily accessible via the Corso Porta Vittoria, Via Verziere and Via Larga avenues. Beware, however, of the regulations in force in Milan’s city center, which has been converted into a Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL ). Drivers are obliged to pay a daily toll of €5 to gain access to the city center. This €5 does not include the cost of parking. For more information on parking in Milan, see our article on parking in the surrounding area.
  • By bus: Visiting the Duomo of Milan by bus is much more convenient. Milan has an extensive public transport network. Depending on your location, several bus lines are available to take you to the Duomo. The most popular are lines 94, 90 and 54, departing respectively from Corso Como, Piazzale Loreto and Porta Venezia.
  • By metro: Getting to Milan Duomo by metro is the easy way. The M1 red line metro exit is right in front of the cathedral. Simply get off at the Duomo stop.
  • By streetcar: Lines 2, 3 and 14 from Torino (Duomo ); line 24 from Dogana (Duomo)

Don’t hesitate to ask for a city map at your accommodation. As Milan is a very touristy city, the maps are often well-done and very complete. Metro lines are clearly visible, making it easy to get around during your stay.

What’s more, the city isn’t huge, so all the strategic places to visit are concentrated in the center and not on the outskirts.

Milan Duomo opening hours and prices

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SCHEDULES

Visiting times for the Duomo of Milan are as follows:

  • Cathedral: daily from 08:00 to 19:00
  • Museum: Thursday to Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Baptistery: daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Archaeological zone: daily from 08:00 to 19:00
  • Terrace: daily from 09:00 to 19:00

RATES

Visits to the cathedral (excluding the baptistery and treasure room) and the crypt are free of charge. However, to visit the cathedral in its entirety, as well as the museum, the fee is €2 for an adult and free for children under 6.

The archaeological zone costs €4 per adult and €2 for under-26s.

There are two ways to access the terrace. You can climb the stairs (for the brave, but also the curious!) for €8 for an adult and €4 for children aged 6 to 12. An elevator is also available for €13 per adult and €7 per child aged 6 to 12.

Access is free for children up to 6 years of age, and for people with reduced mobility and their carers.

Here’s a little tip: you can buy your tickets online beforehand, directly from the official Milan Cathedral website. In fact, we strongly recommend it. You’ll be offered a range of prices, including packages that include visits to the city’s other must-see sites.

There’s also a Fast Track Pass, which considerably reduces the waiting time for entry. At the height of the season, you should expect to queue for an average of 30 minutes to enter the Milan Duomo. To climb the terraces, however, you’ll need to wait around 1h30.

GOOD TO KNOW

Here is some information you may find useful when visiting the Duomo of Milan:

– On average, you’ll need half a day to visit the Duomo, the terraces and the museum.

– People with reduced mobility can visit the Duomo of Milan (free of charge).

– It is forbidden to eat inside the cathedral (or on the terraces).

– The best time to visit the Duomo is in the early morning or late afternoon.

– An audioguide is available for hire.

Would you like to travel to Italy and visit the Duomo of Milan, but don’t know where to stay? Then take a look at our article on where to stay in Milan! It may be of great help to you!